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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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adj. - Characteristic of a recurrence in an organism of features of remote ancestors rather than parents.

Usage examples (35)
  • She has an atavistic fear of the dark.
  • Members of the audience actually gasped when Hayek referred to Socialism as 'atavistic' - the reversion to an older, more primitive form.
  • Maybe they're just being atavistic, which is generally part of the successful business person's act anyway.
  • Well, admittedly I had to look up "atavistic" and it means a "throwback", or old fashioned. for more
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